Personalized Calling Cards by {review}

25 August 2011

With the kids all being in school this year, I am expecting a lot of " we want to play with so and so". I usually make my own little calling cards for each child, but this year I just couldn't see doing 20+ per class!

So of course it was Amy Adele to the rescue! They not only offer invitations, they also offer personalized calling cards! I searched through the site, and after debating between the cards for over an hour finally decided on the Happy Daisy Row cards from the grown-up section! The cards aren't totally girly so Quinten won't feel as if he is being left out and they aren't so boyish that the girls get mad.
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The cards are printed on recycled paper and measure 3.5x2, so about the size of a normal business card. They come in multiples of 20 so you can get anywhere from 20 to 520 cards! They also come with their own envelopes, making passing them out, or sticking them in gift bags easy.
On our cards we have my name, the kids' names, my email address and of course my cell number. You can add just about anything to the cards as long as you can type it up. If you are like me and all your kids have really long names, just make sure you mess around with the font and size a little while you are personalizing them.
Shipping is fast, I set up the order on Friday, got my email that the cards were shipping on Saturday and had them in hand on Monday. They came priority mail, packaged in recycled ( bio-degradable) peanuts and encased in an adorable green drawstring bag. The cards easily slip into their envelopes, so there is no fighting to get them in.
The kids haven't started wanting to give out the phone number yet, but I can see it happening any day now! At least I am prepared thanks to my personalized calling cards from Amy Adele!

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Party Games Plus {printable review}

The kids have been wanting to throw a back to school/end of summer party since July. We couldn't all agree on a theme, so we hit the web. After searching through HUNDREDS of sites we finally found PartyGamesPlus. There are tons of party theme ideas and even party games to go along with the themes listed. A lot of the themes listed on the site have printables that you can purchase. There is a Kids section that goes from toddlers on up, a teen section and even an adult section. Although my kids are 5,7,9 we all agreed on doing a Minute to Win It party. The kids all like the show and most of the game ideas on PartyGamesPlus can be adjusted for them. The printables that I received to review for our party include an invitation, candy bar wrapper, water bottle wrapper, cupcake toppers, game labels, contestant badges and even some minute money to use if we decided on one of the ideas on the site.

As I said, most of the games ideas on the site can easily be adjusted for whatever age your children are. The Minute to Win It party is located in the teen section, here is a sample of some of one idea on the site:
Balloon Head

(adapted from the minute to win it game “ Keep it Up”)

In the game Keep it up players must work to keep two feathers in the air using only their breath for one minute. In our version the players must keep an inflated balloon in the air using only their heads. They cannot touch the balloon with their hands, feet, or any other body part from the neck down. If the player’s balloon touches the ground they are out. Places are awarded by who keeps their balloon in the air the longest.

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We haven't had our party yet, and we are waiting on the printable to come back from being laminated, and added to all the candy bars, but printing them out was very easy. You receive an editable PDF file and can print as many or as few as you need. We are laminating the badges, minute money and game labels so that they can be used again without us having to reprint.

We are really excited about the party and can't wait to get everything going. I know that we will be visiting PartyGamesPlus in the future for all of our theme/game ideas!

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins {Review}

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Date: 12/02/10
Pages: 372
ISBN: 9780525423270
Source: gift
Purchase: Anna and the French Kiss

Summary from Goodreads:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to bo

arding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

My Thoughts:

I have had this book on my e-reader for a few months, and with a push from a friend I finally started reading it at 2:00 p.m. today! From the very first page I couldn't stop reading. Anna and the French Kiss is sorta your typical YA romance, but with so much more.
We start off meeting Anna as her parents are dropping her off at a boarding school in Paris. Her dorm neighbor Meredith (Mer) comes in shortly after her parents leave, and while I have never been to a boarding school, i don't think that friendships are really formed as fast as these two formed a friendship. I did like the interaction with Etienne St. Clair from the beginning and I must say, he does make for one swoon worthy character. He is nice to Anna from the beginning, as are most of Mer's friends from the previous year.
We do run into a few snags along the way... Anna starts to like St. Clair, as he is called by his friends, and in turn we start to see St. Clair fall for Anna...but he's with Ellie, and has been for over a year now. And we can't forget Anna's almost but not quite boyfriend Toph!! So, where does that leave our to budding lovers?
The story progresses with some twists and turns that I wasn't expecting and I was so glad to see that most of them were resolved. Stephanie could easily make this into a series of books, but alas we are all left to dream about what really happens with Anna and St. Clair after the story ends.

While I am an AVID reader of YA, I tend to steer clear of the romances, Stephanie is a wonderful writer and while this is mainly a romance, you do get to see a lot of Paris through Anna's eyes, and we meet some great additional characters in Rashmi, Meredith, St. Clair and even Josh. There are always the bad characters, you know the ones I am talking about, that you know are going to make trouble every time they are mentioned, and we get that with Amanda and Dave. But thankfully those two are handled in the book. Overall I really enjoyed the book ( seeing as i finished it in 7 hours!) and i will more than likely come back to it again and again when I am in the mood for a fluffy read.

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